Essay about Institutional Racism And The Civil Rights Act

1634 Words Aug 21st, 2016 7 Pages
Institutional Racism Over the last century, America has taken legislative action to prevent acts of racism and discrimination from penetrating society. Laws such as the 1964 civil rights act were established to provide equal treatment to all, regardless of race, gender or ethnic background. In 1954 the Supreme court ruled on the case, “Brown V Board of Education” stating “We conclude that in the field of public education the doctrine of 'separate but equal ' has no place. Separate educational facilities are inherently unequal” (Administrative office of U.S. courts, 2016). While these laws eliminated many forms of segregation and racism, tension between minority and majority dominant groups still remains in American society. Forms of present-day discrimination are seen through acts of xenophobia, expulsion, and hate crimes, which are used to show the control of the dominant society over the minority group. These discriminatory acts are masked under different names, but illustrate that unequal treatment of minority groups still exists in America today. The following examines current acts of racism and discrimination within the work environment, justice system, education system, and between genders to demonstrate many of the racial and social inequalities still prevalent in American society. Many acts of racism and discrimination occur within the workplace. This type of prejudice happens in different forms, such as, when workers from minority groups…

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